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Building and remodeling a home will be a relatively easy process in the years ahead, if the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing has anything say about it. The HUD-supported organization recently unveiled its first concept home model to illustrate advanced construction techniques.

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Building and remodeling a home will be a relatively easy process in the years ahead, if the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing has anything say about it. The HUD-supported organization recently unveiled its first concept home model to illustrate advanced construction techniques, with the focus on two key points: How homes can become more flexible or adaptable, and how they can be built faster, in as little as 20 days, to reduce labor, waste and costs.

Flexibility is an issue for most homeowners at one time or another. Modern houses are built to be permanent structures and are not easy to alter to fit changing needs, especially if you want to knock down walls, change the size of a room or otherwise modify the floor plan.

The PATH concept home addresses that issue by using a design and construction system called open building. Based on ideas developed by Bensonwood Homes, a Walpole, N.H."based builder of timberframe homes, open building sees a home as a number of layers that integrate but interfere little with one another. PATH identifies three layers in a home: the structure, or building envelope; the utilities; and the floor plan.

The structure itself is freestanding" not dependent on interior load-bearing walls. Utilities such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC lines run through accessible baseboard, wall and floor raceways -- or utility chases, as PATH calls them" so they are easy to access, alter or reroute during remodels, or upgrade as new technologies emerge.

The goal is to build homes that will change as their owners needs change. Need to add a bedroom for the new baby? No problem. Need a mudroom or office or guest room? Just reroute some wires and move a few walls around. Want to open up the space once the kids are off to college? Simply remove some walls and redecorate. Your home adapts and changes as you do.

The second aspect of the concept home -- shorter building times -- can be achieved through the standardization of building products. Essentially, building a home becomes a plug-and-play process, using interchangeable parts from a variety of manufacturers. And while it may seem that this will result in homes that all look the same, PATH begs to differ. It will, instead, result in a level of flexibility and affordability that is rarely seen today.

Whether or not the ideas presented in PATHs concept home are adopted remains to be seen. But if they are, they will help create a home of the future we all can look forward to.

For more information on the PATH concept home, log on to http://www.pathnet.org . Details about Bensonwood's Open-Built concept can be found at http://www.bensonwood.com .

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